Webinar to Probe Readiness to use $1.5-billion investment
TORONTO, Aug. 8 /CNW/ - Healthcare professionals are invited to hear
experts who will look into whether the healthcare profession is ready to make
full use of the new Electronic Healthcare Records (EHRs) that will be
available for half of all Canadians within two years, according to Dawn Van
Dam, President of Health Connexions and Board member of the Canadian Advanced
"There are many issues that are of concern. One is that while databases
of health information such as diagnostic records will be available to many in
the healthcare community, there is no clear plan yet for extending EHRs into
physicians' offices," stated Ms. Van Dam. "Two-thirds of Canadians use the
Internet already to find out about health issues," said Ms. Van Dam. "They
seek information on diseases, they research drugs and they find out about
specific symptoms. If you think about Canadians as the "customers" of health
care, there is a tremendous pent-up potential for them to use EHRs. The
webinar experts will discuss the challenge of having a system where the
customers are more online than the doctors."
"Canada Health Infoway is working towards its goal of having an EHR
system in place for Canadians by 2009, and is dedicating more than
$1.5-billion to the task. This issue is coming at us fast."
In the coming few years there will be a new wave of electronic
information available that our systems will have to handle, according to Ms.
Van Dam. "We will soon have access to individual DNA records, and other
information that will require massive amounts of data manipulation. Are we set
up to deal with that, and who will be allowed access to it?"
A new survey done for the webinar and live event found that the single
greatest priority for Canadian healthcare professionals concerning the rising
use of Electronic Health Records is the issue of how eHealth initiatives can
be used to improve health care delivery and efficiency, according to the
results of a new survey conducted for an upcoming Webinar and live event. The
use of EHRs to improve medical management and efficiency is the second-highest
priority, followed by the issues of privacy, and the provision of adequate
training for EHR implementation.
"The challenge is to identify how to engage patients in this process, as
well, to ensure enhanced comprehensive care."
"Their next most-pressing issues are to ensure that the management
changes are in place to deliver on the promise of eHealth, including providing
security for records, and training for staff. When these steps are solid,
their next priority is to help physicians integrate EHRs into their practice
Some 200 respondents answered the online survey, which was created to
provide insight for experts who are participating in a Webinar and Live Event
called "Health Care From the Grass Roots Up". Half of the respondents who
picked "Improve health care delivery and efficiency" listed it as their
The Webinar uses advanced Canadian technology from Cyglera to create a
collaborative environment where the Webinar experts can respond to the
Internet-based audience, as well as those attending live. The Webinar is for
healthcare professionals, and features Panelists:
- MODERATOR: Trevor Hodge, Senior VP, Canada Health Infoway
- Ron Dunn Vice President, McKesson Information Solutions Canada
- Glen Kearns VP, Clinical Programs, London Health Sciences Centre
- Judith Shamian, President and CEO, Victorian Order of Nurses
- Lydia Lee, Executive Director, University Health Network
"Electronic Health Records, the issue of who controls them, and the
patients' utilization of their EHR information, are at the core of a huge
change in the management of Canadian health care," said Ms. Van Dam. "Canada's
progressing in EHR implementation is of concern to more than the
professionals; making health records available to whoever needs to use them
could save billions each year."
The webinar event is being held:
Tuesday, August 14th, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. EST
Online registration is needed before the webinar, and there is a fee of
$79.00. To register, go to:
To attend the event in person, and network with industry colleagues,
register on-line and join us in downtown Toronto at:
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
199 Bay Street, Fraser Room Suite 2800, Commerce Court West
Can't attend the event, but want to hear the Webinar?
Just register, and we'll send you a link to an archived version of the
event, after it's finished.
An electronic health record (EHR) is a secure and private lifetime record
of an individual's health and care history, available electronically to
authorized health providers. It facilitates the sharing of data - across the
continuum of care, across healthcare delivery organizations and across
For further information:
For further information: Mary Kubesh, Health Connexions,